Here is my list of Best Cape Town Restaurants for families – all have play areas within watching distance of the table so the adults can enjoy some conversation for a change while the kids are entertained.
These family-friendly Cape Town Restaurants serve amazing food to please the grown-ups as well as perfect play places for the kids to run around under the sunny skies and climb and play until they have worked off their extra energy and built up an appetite.
My Best Cape Town Restaurants for families
Massimos Pizza Club
Massimo’s in Hout Bay are renowned as the best pizza place in Cape Town and I can attest to the most delicious thin-based pizza’s. The atmosphere is lovely and it is a very welcoming, homely environment. There is a separate kids menu and a jungle gym out the front for the kids to play on. And adults don’t forget to try Massimo’s delicious limoncello!
Opening hours: Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner – 12pm – 9pm
Noordhoek Farm Village is well loved by Capetonian parents for good reason. They offer a great outdoor play area for the kids to run riot it. My son’s favourite is the old tractor! Cafe Roux is open for breakfast and lunch and many long, lazy afternoons have been spent on their sunny terrace.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 08:30 – 17:00
Situated almost on Hout Bay Beach, Dunes has a massive sand pit for kids to romp in as well as a jungle gym and swings. Be careful that your 18 month old does not climb to the top of the VERY HIGH part as mine did once upon a time – enough to induce heart palpitations! This is a great place for a casual lunch, but try to pick a wind free day to avoid stinging sand!
Monday – Friday 11:00 – 23:00
Saturday, Sunday 9:00 – 23:00
Located at Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, Thorfynns is hidden away up a little avenue – you have to almost drive through the trees to get there. The view from the restaurant deck is amazing – you can see all the way across Noordhoek Beach to the Kommetjie lighthouse. On our recent visit we were lucky enough to spot a whale! The play area is down below the deck so again probably best for older kids and be warned there is an unfenced pool just off the deck so keep your eye on any toddlers with you.
Opening Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
The Hollow Tree on Old Oak
The Hollow Tree on Old Oak was first built in 1901 and used as the farm manager’s residence for the Bloemhof Farm Estate. It was then used as the municipal manager’s residence until the early 1980s, when De Tijerkombuis (related to the Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch) was created in the current restaurant area. The bar area was added in 1994. The building was declared a national monument in the 1980s and still boasts many of the original fixtures and fittings, including the floor, window frames and skirting boards. After further renovations in 2011, the Hollow Tree at Old Oak is now one of the most popular taverns and restaurants in the Northern Suburbs. Featuring several smoking and non-smoking areas, a stunning beer garden (half under canvas) and a children’s play area, this is the ideal setting to enjoy a good meal, good drinks and good company for all ages.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday from 8am – 11pm
Westlake Business Park
Located near Tokai, this restaurant strip has a few great family-friendly dining options all at the same venue – plus they all share a great kids play area.
Take your pick from firm family favourite – seafood restaurant, Ocean Basket, traditional Italian at Col’Cacchio or a healthy muffin, salad or organic coffee at Green Bean Cafe which is open for breakfast and lunch.
Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Westlake Drive & Steenberg Road, Tokai
Tel: 021 702 4327
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 – 23:00
Tel: 021 702 0814
Green Beans café
Tel: 021 701 0100
Blue Water Cafe
Situated in Kommetjie, Blue Water Cafe has the most amazing views across to Noordhoek and the back of Table Mountain. The whole Imhoff Farm precinct is a great area for families to explore and the kids will love the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm. A perfect spot for a long Sunday lunch.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie, Cape Town
Tel: 021 783 4545
Tues: 09:00 – 16:00
Wed: Sat: 9am – 9pm
Sundays: 9am – 6pm
Deer Park Cafe
A firm favourite with City Bowl Parents – the Deer Park Cafe overlooks an epic park in Vredehoek that has loads of things to do. It is a fully-enclosed, “traditional” park offering a huge slide, roundabout, swings and jungle gym to keep kids entertained for ages. You’ll only see them when they pop up for another drink! Take the opportunity to catch up on the Saturday morning paper while enjoying a croissant and coffee.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8am – 8pm (Lunch from noon, Supper from 5pm)
A few other places suitable for kids – these don’t necessarily have jungle gyms or swings etc, but they do provide some more entertainment than the usual restaurant in a shopping mall!
Little Stream Restaurant
Hidden up the top of Klein Constantia road in Constantia this is one of our faves. It serves the best cheesecake around in a lovely setting for kids to explore. I love to go and watch the seasons change as the leaves change on the trees. There are a few little paths which lead down to a stream and 2 swings at the bottom of the garden. It’s a real paradise for kids to run around and experience freedom and nature.
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 09:00 – 16:30
Overlooking Fish Hoek Beach, this a good spot for a breakfast – enjoy the early morning sun over the sea while the kids play in the playground right next door.
The Gardeners Cottage
Situated beneath the trees in the Montebello Design Centre, there is a little tractor and a few stumps to climb on is located next the to outdoor seating but the real gem is exploring the rest of the Design Centre after your meal – the Iron Forge is fascinating and the Nursery Greenhouse is beautiful too.
Tues – Fri: 08:00 – 16:30
Weekends & public holidays: 08:30am – 4:30pm
Groot Constantia has ample lawns for the kids to run around on – you will find many families here enjoying weekend afternoons under the oaks and enjoying the view across the vineyards to the Hottentots Holland Mountains and False Bay.
Groot Constantia Road, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia
Tel: 021 794 6255
WINTER (May – August): Sun-Thurs: 9am – 5pm
Fri- Sat: 9am – 9pm
SUMMER (September – April): Mon – Sat: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Kirstenbosch Gardens – Moyo and the Kirstenbosch Gardens Tea House
Both these restaurants are situated in Kirstenbosch Gardens and are perfect if you don’t feel up for packing a picnic as there is plenty of natural space for the kids to enjoy.
Moyo at Kirstenbosch
Tel: 021 762 9585
Monday to Thursday from 11:00 to 18:00
Friday from 11:00 to 23:00
Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.
Dinner is served on Friday evenings only and patrons are advised to book a table for dinner.
The Kirstenbosch Tea Room
Tel: 021 797 4883 or 074 142 1100
The Tea Room is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 08h30 to 17h00.
Offering magnificent views over Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Breakfast: Friday to Sunday 9am – 11:30am
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon – 4pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 4pm – 8pm, Sunday 4pm – 6pm (sundowners)
If you know of any other places suitable for kids, both outdoor and indoor, please let me know. I am always looking for new destinations for our weekend wanderings around the Cape Peninsula.
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